3ie Delhi Evidence Week 2015

3ie organised a day and a half long conference, Using evidence to tackle development’s ‘wicked problems on 7 and 8 October to mark Delhi Evidence Week.

Start Date: 07 October 2015 End Date: 08 October 2015

The sessions on 7 October started with Emmanuel (Manny) Jimenez, 3ie Executive Director, delivering a keynote lecture on Learning for BRICS- or why countries like Indian can love impact evaluations.

The second session, Doing and using impact evaluations: what does it take? brought together researchers and implementing agencies to talk about their work on 3ie-funded studies

The final session on the first day was on: Impact evaluations: are they ready to tackle development problems? Speakers discussed how impact evaluations can meet the needs of policymakers and what are the challenges and opportunities in ensuring that they are timely and useful.

On 8 October, the day was divided into three sessions.

The first session, Data: Big, open and rapid, looked at the opportunities offered by big and open data to impact evaluations.

The second session was on ethics. Panellists on this session talked about the ethics of evidence based policymaking and how ethical choices face a researcher at each step of an impact evaluation. 

The last session of the event was on ‘Gender: New lenses for better evidence: experience sharing on how gender sensitivity can be designed and implemented in impact evaluations.’ This session looked at the practical challenges of addressing and applying a gender lens to evaluations.

7 October: Keynote lecture:‘Learning for BRICS-or why countries like India can love impact evaluations
Learning for BRICS or why countries like India can love impact evaluations (2.3 MB)
Emmanuel Jimenez, executive director, 3ie

Doing and using impact evaluations: what does it take? 
Impact assessment of credit programme for the tenant farmers in Bangladesh (559.9 KB)
Md. Hasib Reza, research associate, BRAC, Bangladesh

Measuring impact of a gender sensitization program (2.5 MB)
Tarun Jain, assistant professor, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad

School Based intervention on Gender Based Discrimination (972.2 KB)
Leena Sushant, director, research, Breakthrough

A Study of Kerala’s Healthcare Quality Standards to Reduce Infant and Maternal Mortality (541.1 KB)
Shannon Maloney, evaluation specialist, Institute for Financial Management and Research

Measures to Reduce MMR in Kerala (2.2 MB)
Sandeep K, senior consultant, Monitoring and Evaluation, National Health Mission, Kerala

8 October: DATA: Big, open and rapid. The objective of the session will be to discuss the opportunities and limitations that technology, and open and large data present in generating high quality evidence and specifically impact evaluations
MGNREGA Wage Payments delays (779.5 KB)
Charity Troyer-Moore, India director, Evidence for Policy Design, Kennedy School and IFMR LEAD

Open Data for Livelihood Development (2.9 MB)
Rikin Gandhi, chief executive officer, Digital Green

ETHICS : Should I, shouldn’t I? What are the b ig questions exercising minds with regard to ethics and impact evaluations?
Ethics & Impact Evaluations (805.4 KB)
Nandini K Kumar , former deputy director general senior grade , Indian Council of Medical R esearch and Dr. TMA Pai Endowment C hair and a djunct professor Kasturba Medical College, Manipal 

Ethics of evidence (12.4 KB)
Dean Spears, executive director, r.i.c.e.

GENDER: New lenses for better evidence: experience sharing on how gender sensitivity, and using a gender lens, can be designed and implemented in impact evaluations
Applying a Gender Lens to Impact Evaluations (726.1 KB)
Diva Dhar, doctoral candidate, Indian Statistical

A collection of tweets from both days of the event, can be viewed here on Storify

In the run-up to the 3ie Delhi Evidence Week 2015, we also hosted a Facebook and Twitter chat. We received interesting questions and comments on Facebook on the role of impact evaluations in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the role of open large data in generating evidence on Twitter. Emmanuel (Manny) Jimenez, 3ie executive director, and Jyotsna Puri, deputy executive director and head of evaluation, answered the questions.

Facebook chat- Can impact evaluations help tackle development problems? View comments and questions from our Facebook chat on 30 September, 2015.